JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s Amplats fired 12,000 wildcat strikers on Friday, a high-stakes attempt by the world’s biggest platinum producer to push back at a wave of illegal stoppages sweeping through the country’s mining sector and beyond.
Later on, a trade union leader was shot dead near a mine run by platinum producer Lonmin in a potentially explosive escalation of the two-month-old violent labor unrest that took the death toll to 49.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) (AMSJ.J: Quote, Profile, Research) fired 12,000 wildcat strikers on Friday, a high-stakes attempt by the world’s biggest platinum producer to push back at a wave of illegal stoppages sweeping through South Africa’s mining sector and beyond.
The rand fell sharply after the announcement, suggesting investors fear the sackings could worsen what is shaping up to be the most damaging period of labour unrest in Africa’s biggest economy since the end of apartheid in 1994.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Shell in South Africa said on Friday it can not guarantee honoring contracts to deliver fuel around Johannesburg, the first sign of a two-week strike by more than 20,000 truck drivers hitting Africa’s biggest economy.
Weeks of wildcat strikes have rocked the country, pushing the rand to near three-year lows against the dollar, and raising questions about the ability of the ruling African National Congress to manage the crisis.
LONDON/JOHANNESBURG, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Wildcat strikes by
South Africa’s platinum, gold, iron ore and diamond miners could
spread to coal, potentially disrupting output from one of the
world’s biggest coal suppliers.
As many as 75,000 miners, or 15 percent of the industry’s
workforce in South Africa, are on strike, undermining already
shaky growth in Africa’s biggest economy and threatening to
spread to coal despite big differences between the sectors.
JOHANNESBURG, Oct 3 (Reuters) – A spate of wildcat miners’
strikes spread to Africa’s top iron ore producer on Wednesday,
escalating the labour unrest that has become a major headache
for South African President Jacob Zuma.
The industrial action at Kumba Iron Ore, a unit of
global miner Anglo American, further dented investor
confidence in the continent’s wealthiest economy as it showed
the protests had moved beyond platinum and gold mines.
JOHANNESBURG, Oct 2 (Reuters) – South Africa’s fuel
suppliers are starting to feel the pinch as a strike by more
than 20,000 truck drivers enters its second week, with
deliveries to pumps delayed and stations running out of certain
types of fuel, an industry body said on Tuesday.
The walkout by drivers asking for higher wages has affected
40 percent of fuel tanker trucks, it said, adding to pressure on
Africa’s biggest economy from wildcat strikes by 75,000 miners
in the platinum and gold sectors.
RUSTENBURG, South Africa (Reuters) – South African miners on an illegal strike against the world’s top platinum producer defied management threats of dismissal on Friday, throwing down the gauntlet as another wildcat stoppage hit the country’s restive mining sector.
Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), the top producer of the white metal and a unit of global mining group Anglo American, said on Thursday it would begin disciplinary action against illegal strikers and could fire them.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Bad timing may defeat East Africa’s plan to become a major liquefied natural gas exporter if plants are delayed and the region is overtaken by a global gas glut.
A singleminded focus on LNG may also see Tanzania and Mozambique compromise on developing the region through gas-fired power stations and plants converting gas to fuel.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Striking South African miners at platinum group Lonmin cut wage demands in their six-week stoppage, while the top world producer of the precious metal, Amplats, was silent on Tuesday on whether it had been able to resume operations suspended in the unrest.
The government, mediators and mining companies have intensified efforts to resolve the mining sector troubles which have hit the rand currency, raised insurance against default on South African debt and spooked some foreign investors into selling shares in mining companies.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Two South African mines reopened on Monday after labor strife forced them to suspend operations last week, but striking miners vowed to keep operations run by world No. 1 platinum producer Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) shut.
Wage talks were set to resume in a bid to end a violent 5-week strike that has killed 45 people around the Marikana mine of platinum producer Lonmin, bringing its production to a halt and pushing up the price of the precious white metal.